Heritage Middle Staff Newsletter
Overall Positive Feedback from December 2nd Early Release
Meet Two of Our Patriots
Gwen Hicks, 1:1 TA in AU III
Tequila Gilmore, Testing Center/Essentials TA
Jenn Kramer and I recently attended the WCPSS ITLMS Convergence conference where the keynote speaker, George Couros (follow him on Twitter @gcouros) empowered educators to change their mindset and create relevant learning experiences. What is your current mindset toward technology? Think about this picture - some people look at this technology as a distraction but I challenge you to view it as opportunity.
Need some BYOD inspiration?
iReady Professional Learning...at our school!
The county has created sessions for instructional leaders and classroom teachers to dig deeper into iReady reports including: Class Profile, Instructional Grouping Profile, and Student Profile. Participants will also learn about the resources available to support students. If interested, you only need to come to one session, and there's going to be a session at HMS!
- January 9th at Wendell Middle 3:30-5:00 SRN17955601
- January 10th at Heritage Middle 3:30-5:00 SRN17955602
- January 17th at East Cary Middle 3:30-5:00 SRN17955603
- January 24th at North Garner Middle 3:30-5:00 SRN17955604
Dynamic Learning Experiences Pulse Check - Certified Staff
The Pulse Check is a short survey (15-20 minutes) focused in the following key areas: leadership and culture, learner agency, social and emotional learning, digital learning and the “4Cs”. It is designed to provide a snapshot of the current knowledge and practices in these areas and to serve as a guide to focus our professional development efforts. The Pulse Check is anonymous, hosted by NCSU (not recording WCPSS IDs), and cannot be traced back to individuals. This survey should be completed no later than January 30, 2017. You can access the survey here.
Application Open for NC Teacher Voice Network 2017 Cohort
Hope Street Group, the nonpartisan, nonprofit that connects classroom teachers with their peers and decision-makers across North Carolina and nationally, will begin recruiting its next cohort of North Carolina Teacher Voice Network leaders on Jan. 16.
Hope Street Group staff, along with current Network leaders, will host a short informational webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m., so teachers can hear about Hope Street Group's work firsthand and prepare to apply before the Feb. 10 deadline. (The live session will be recorded for later viewing.)
The Teacher Voice Network program is carefully designed to develop the competencies of great teachers, providing them with tools to engage their colleagues and generate solutions to education challenges. To date, participants have met with state and federal legislators, attended regional and national educator convenings and been featured in several publications. NC Teacher Voice Network leaders are teachers or instructional coaches who remain in their schools full-time and contribute 10-15 hours each month to Hope Street Group activities including data collections, professional learning sessions and partner meetings. They receive a $3,000 stipend for the 12-month fellowship, with the opportunity to extend into a second year to deepen their work. If you have any questions about the NC Teacher Voice Network, please contact Katharine Correll (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- ALL math teachers need to be enrolled in the Canvas course
- Re-teaching videos are now located on a Canvas site that students will need to self-enroll to view the videos.
- Check out the new and improved CMAPP for third quarter. Check for new lessons that integrate 4 Cs, real world applications, and literacy opportunities.
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarter unit guides have been updated. See the new resources and template:
- Edna Graham appreciates any thematic unit feedback; sign up for a session.
When is the building open?
Holiday Closings for WCPSS Administrative Buildings
The administrative buildings and all satellite work sites will be closed for the Winter Break beginning on Friday, December 23 and will reopen on Monday, January 2.
January Calendar of Events for HMS
January 3: Welcome back from Holiday Break Tracks 1, 2, and 3
January 3: PTA Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
January 5: Home Basketball Game vs. East Wake at 4:00 pm
January 9: Leadership Meeting in Media Center at 3:30 pm
January 9: HMS Basketball at Zebulon
January 9: PTA Spirit Night at Subway, 4:00 - 9:00 pm
January 10: iReady Reports and Resources session in Media Center at 3:30 pm
January 10: End of Year Awards Names from 1st Semester due to Sherrie
January 12: Home Basketball Game vs. Wake Forest at 4:00 pm
January 14: Science Olympiad Competition at Museum of Science, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
January 16: MLK Holiday, No School
January 17-19: Mid-Year iReady Diagnostic Testing, Tracks 1-3
January 17: Home Basketball Game vs. Wendell at 4:00 pm
January 19: HMS Basketball at Rolesville
January 20: Early Release at 12:35 pm, Happy track out Track 3
January 23: Welcome Back Track 4, Department Meetings at 3:30 pm
January 23: HMS Basketball at East Wake
January 25-26: Mid-Year iReady Diagnostic Testing, Track 4
January 26: Home Basketball Game vs. Zebulon at 4:00 pm
January 27: Character Ed Breakfast in Auditorium
January 30: HMS Basketball at Wake Forest
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